Photo by Laura Bleichner
Brought together by their elementary school band, Ben Jackson and Alex Bailey ended up swapping their trombones for guitar. After playing together throughout high school, the two parted ways when Alex went to study in San Francisco and Ben stayed in their native Atlanta, befriending vocalist Elaine Edenfield and drummer Doug Bleichner along the way. The adolescent bandmates were later reunited at a house party. Warehouse is the result.
Now joined by bassist Josh Hughes, of Stevie Dinner, the five-piece band finds its inspirations in Brazil’s Bossa Nova and Tropicalia movements. Warehouse even received a shout-out from multi-hyphenate Bradford Cox, of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, in his “Best of 2013” list for Pitchfork. Their debut album Tesseract is a slight departure from some of their earlier new wave material, and highlights more classic rock elements, matched by Elaine’s guttural vocals.